Len Molden - Noam Davies [B23]
UBC Team Tournament Vancouver, B.C. Canada
Annotations by Len Molden


1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 d6 3.f4 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Bc4

(The Grand Prix Attack, which gets its name from the success a number of British players found who used it during weekend swisses in the 1980's. GMs Mark Hebden and James Plaskett were especially successful with it. It has a sound positional basis involving a combination of two ideas: a Closed Sicilian-type setup with an aggressive kingside strategy of f4)


(Black should play 5...e6 immediately)

6.d3 Nc6 7.a3

(This move isn't necessary as White can continue quickly with his kingside strategy of 0-0, Qe1, f5, but since black has played an early a6, this is playable)

7...e6 8.0-0 Nge7 9.Qe1 0-0

(Somewhat risky. Other ideas to avoid castling early are moves like 9...h6 and 9...d5)

10.f5 exf5 11.Qh4 Ne5?

(11...h5 12.Bg5 is the usual continuation. After 11...Ne5, Black is in serious trouble)

12.Bg5 Re8 13.Nd5

(13.Nxe5 dxe5 14.Nd5 is also possible, but Black is lost in either case)

13...N5c6 14.Nf6+ Bxf6

(14...Kf8 15.Qxh7 d5 16.Bh6)

15.Bxf6 f4 16.Ng5 h5 17.Nxf7 Qc7 18.Qg5 d5 19.exd5 b5 20.d6 Qa7 21.Qh6 1-0